This library is really long–and you can see just how big it is from the beautiful outside. I couldn’t find the parking lot, so I ended up paying for metered parking. Of course, the moment I stepped into the building I noticed the lot behind the building. Oops. I stopped by reference first, but there wasn’t a librarian there. They had a sign telling patrons if they had any questions to ask the circulation staff member for help. I turned around and asked her my question. She pointed me towards the children’s room where I could ask the librarian there for help.
The children’s librarian was busy helping a family when I arrived, which gave me a minute to look around. I really liked the way the room was arranged and decorated. It gave off such a kid-friendly, welcoming feeling. In some libraries, it looks like they forgot who their kid’s room is servicing, but at East Rockaway, they have work done by kids hanging everywhere, summer-reading themed decorations covering the walls and tables covered with paper for crafting. All that gave off such a great vibe.
The librarian kindly looked up the location of my book, and I journeyed back to the adult side to find what I wanted. I found what I was looking for, and before leaving, took a moment to look at the young adult section, which was located on shelves between the circulation desk and the children’s department.
Checking out was easy–the circulation clerk was really friendly. I felt like a bit of a doofus as I walked back to my metered spot, so anyone looking to come to East Rockaway should keep in mind that there is a lot!
I was definitely not expecting that kind of space when I was walking towards the building. It’s HUGE. I especially loved the spacious downstairs, which holds the non-fiction as well as cubbies for quiet study. Upstairs, where the reference department is located, is just as big. Walking through this library really gives you a feeling of openness and I felt myself becoming less stressed the more I wandered.
Their young adult books are located near their reference collection—after asking a very nice librarian for help, I hurried back to this section to snag a graphic novel. After, I walked across to their children’s department, which was large and full of families. It was noisy there–the good kind of noise that comes from a well-loved space. The tables were full of people, which makes me think that the community really values this place a lot. Seeing so many people in the library made me smile.
Check-out was quick and easy—the clerk who helped me was kind and friendly. My only complaint about this library is I didn’t see any parking that wasn’t metered (unless I’m just dopey when it comes to locating parking lots). I was asked several times on my way in and out of Freeport (by many different people) whether or not the parking was free after a certain time, which makes me wonder if there is a time when the meters don’t need quarters. If someone from Freeport happens to read this, I would love to know the rules surrounding the meters (especially because I see Freeport as a library I wouldn’t mind spending a day in). I was lucky enough to find a spot with money left from a previous patron, so regardless, I wasn’t too bothered by this. I left this library feeling impressed by what I saw–both a beautiful library and a pleasurable visit.
Both libraries were pretty big. Freeport was more open and allotted a lot of space for quiet study, which was really nice. East Rockaway does have a lot behind it which is slightly more convenient than the metered parking behind Freeport. There was a lot more staff on the floor at Freeport when I visited, though the children’s librarian at East Rockaway was more than helpful when answering my question. These two libraries both had really nice children’s room and a young adult department which had its own shelves beside another department. Finally, both of these libraries have gorgeous exteriors (completely unimportant to the function of the library, but something that visitors might like to know). I thought they were both beautiful. Another close match, but I’m going to give the round to: